Publishing Service FAQ's

Formats

Line Edit

Substantive Edit

Layout

Cover Design

Illustrator

website

Distribution Agent

ISBN

Author Name

Printed Size

Word Count

Interior

Cover Options

Cover Genre

Premise

Back Cover

Additional Notes

 

Formats

We offer services to create three formats, Print books, eBooks and Audiobooks.  

Print books require someone to format the book just for printing. If you choose this option you will be charged a flat fee.  

Ebooks require a special format to make them the right file type for ereaders.  For example, Amazon’s Kindle uses .mobi and Barnes’ and Nobles Nook uses an .epub.  In some very rare cases you may want it formatted as a PDF

Audiobooks require special sound requirements to be uploaded to audible, google and other audiobook providers.  We will make sure your audiobook is ready to upload as is with no additional work.  

Line Edit

A line edit is when an editor goes through every line of your work and fixes grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and verifies works cited.  


Substantive Edit

A substantive editor is going to look at the storyline and structure as a whole. They will help you with plot holes, arrangement of storyline, and anything else that will help a story have an overall good flow and feeling.  A substantive editor is a must have for a new author or anyone who has struggled with negative story reviews in the past.  

Layout

This service will look different for different books. For example if you are submitting a novel, the layout will include formatting the document so that it is ready for the printing format or the ebook format, you will get a title page, half title page, copyright, dedication, etc (note that you must submit all of this information for it to be included in your book.  

If your book is a cookbook, your format will include adding the pictures and headers, table of contents, as well as everything mentioned above.  (We will only format and include what you submit to us in your manuscript.)

If your book is an illustrated children's book the layout includes everything mentioned above, if submitted as well as the text added to each page. If you do not know how to add text to an image and then convert it to a PDF for print, then paying for a layout is a necessity.  

 

Cover Design

A cover design will include a graphic artist who will make you a cover according to your genre specifications.  Genres have different cover styles so that readers will recognize their favorite genre’s off-hand.  You will have 3 opportunities to give feedback to the designer.  After the three feedback sessions you will be charged $50 for each change after that.  


Illustrator

According to your drawing and art styles you submit we will do our best to find an illustrator with similar styles and techniques.  Once you are paired with an Illustrator they will contact you via email to discuss your hopes and expectations for the work.  If you continue to be a good fit, the next step is for the illustrator to send you sample layouts.  You have 3 opportunities to have a back and forth with the illustrator on layouts before you will be charged $50 per exchange.  This is to limit the number of time consuming changes that can be made.  There will be no refunds for partially finished books if you have determined you do not like the illustrator by the time you begin your layouts. 

   

Distribution Agent

If you hire a distribution agent they will give an initial review of your manuscript and give you feedback on items you will need to address before it can be considered for sale in a retail environment (Non KDP, retail stores).  Once your work is published, the agent will give the book a final review and decide it fits the guidelines of our retail partners. (see below) From this point onward we will pitch the book to these stores and have you sign a distribution agreement. If the book is picked up by stores, you will pay for the production of the number of books they require and we will distribute the books for you (in most cases).  The compensation to you for such an agreement is consignment.  The Consignment rates will be in your distribution agreement. 

 

Website

We can build and host an author website for you.  Once the website is finished you can make changes and manage the site yourself.  


ISBN

Author Name


This is the name you would like on the cover.  For example you may want to include an initial.  You can research who else is using your name by performing a google search. 


Printed Size

Our recommended options for publishing sizes are as follows and can be either in Portrait (tall and narrow) or Landscape (short and wide).  6 inches by 9, 7 inches by 10 and 8.5 inches by 11.5 inches. By request we can do other sizes, however the recommended sizes are the most cost effective.  Please choose the size that is closest to the custom size on the check out form and then put the custom size in the notes section. This will invalidate the automatic quotes on the printing costs of your books, so be aware.


Word Count

To find a word count you can put your manuscript into google docs and go to tools on the menu bar then choose word count.  

You can also see your word count in Microsoft Word by looking at the bar on the bottom of the page, next to the page count.  

To see word count in Scrivener Go to Project—>Show Project Targets (Mac) or Project—> Project Targets (Windows). The upper section displays a progress bar and word count for your manuscript. Click in the number box after the word “of” beneath the upper progress bar to enter a goal for the entire manuscript


Why do we require word count and not page count? Page count can vary greatly depending on the size and font you use. We better calculate costs based on a less variable factor like word count. 


Interior

Your options here are black and white and full color. Even if only a handful of pages are colored, the whole book is considered full color.  This will not increase your publishing services cost, but it will increase your final printing costs.

      

Cover Options

Your cover options are either paperback, or hardback and either can come with a spiral binding or perfect bound (regular binding).  Spiral binding is great for journals, workbooks and cookbooks because they stay open, hands free. 


Cover Genre

It is important that you know your genre.  This is what tells the world, at least partially what they can expect when reading your book, and the cover is the face of the story. There are industry standards to genre specific book covers.  If you follow these standards you will likely have better success with your book. 

If your book is just for personal use or just for family, then you can just write personal in the text box. 

Premise

The premise is important for our internal use so we can quickly understand the book and its contents. 


Back Cover

Create a good hook and lure in your readers.  You can learn more about writing a good back cover here:

If you would like the back cover text edited, please include it in the manuscript.  


Additional Notes

This is a great place to tell us anything that is not included in the prompts or questions above.  


Manuscript specs 

Your manuscript should be a docx file, it will be converted into a google drive file for edits and then into a pdf for print.


Final art uploads

Your cover art needs to be a JPG or PNG file. It should at least be 300 dpi